The Gurkha Welfare Trust
They ensure that Gurkha veterans, their widows and their wider communities are able to live with dignity.
They achieve this primarily through the provision of financial, medical and community aid in Nepal.
They operate through 22 Area Welfare Centres spread across traditional Gurkha recruiting areas
In the UK, in conjunction with other service charities and government bodies they offer advice and support to help the thousands of retired Gurkhas and their families who choose to settle here.
In the late 1960s, following the end of various Eastern conflicts, there was a significant reduction in the number of serving Gurkhas in the British Army.
It was realised that many Gurkha soldiers and their dependants or widows in Nepal faced destitution in old age. Many of these soldiers had served in the World Wars. However, they had not served the 15 years needed to qualify for an Army pension.
Unlike their British counterparts who could rely on the welfare state in old age, the Nepali Gurkhas had no such safety net.